Wallace State Community College

Introduction

Wallace State is a part of a system that serves the needs of more than 300,000 individuals and has been conservatively estimated to produce a $3 billion annual economic impact on this state and in our communities. The real impact, however, is in improving the lives of students through education.

Since opening our doors in 1966, Wallace State has served hundreds of thousands of students. From the very beginning, Wallace State embraced a commitment to excellence that has become not only a tradition but our source of inspiration. Today Wallace State is one of the largest colleges in the Alabama Community College System, serving more than 7,000 students each semester. This college is a virtual powerhouse in educational programming, with more than 50 majors leading to degree, certificate and transfer opportunities.

Our focus on excellence is evident in our personal commitment to serving students and in the technologically-advanced learning environments that ensure our students receive the most effective education. At Wallace State you will find classrooms infused with the latest technology, including interactive SmartBoards and Tegrity. Through online learning, videoconferencing, podcasting, and off-campus centers, we provide education convenient to our students' busy lives.

Wallace State provides seamless educational opportunities from early high school entry to the graduate level. Through dual enrollment, the FastTrack Academy, Tech-Prep, and other programs, high school students seeking college credit in academic transfer programs, career technical education, public safety, health care or automotive technology will find their needs met here. The STARS articulation system guarantees our students transferability of credit to any Alabama public college or university. For those who want to complete their bachelor's and master’s degrees on campus, Wallace State students may take advantage of our University Center partnerships and special articulation agreements, including those with Athens State University, the University of Alabama, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Auburn University, and Troy University.

Our students obtain unprecedented levels of success, whether transferring, taking licensure exams or finding employment, and their satisfaction has been reflected in the College’s retention rate among students that exceeds the state and national average. Students who transfer to universities consistently outperform those who started there. Our graduates gain competitive jobs and high praise from employers. Licensure rates rank at or above state and national averages, and our students score above the national average on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Performance (CAAP).

Most importantly, at Wallace State you will be served by an award-winning and student-centered faculty and staff who are masters of their crafts. They are here to assist you in every aspect of the college experience, from web based registration, to personal advising in the Advising Center, and Student Support Services in the Learning Success Center. We believe students are the reason we exist and place student learning and success at the forefront of our activities and initiatives.

Mission Statement

Wallace State Community College is committed to learning that transforms lives and communities. In support of the mission, Wallace State Community College is committed to student success through a student centered, innovative, engaging, and supportive learning environment; teaching excellence; respect for uniqueness and diversity; strategic partnerships that advance community, workforce and economic development; cultural enrichment of our communities; and accountability and integrity.

Accreditation

Wallace State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wallace State Community College.

Many programs have additional accreditation from organizations appropriate to the particular disciplines. Routine inquiries about Wallace State, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Wallace State and not to the commission’s office.

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Programs

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science in Aviation/Flight Technology

Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Hanceville

Wallace State can help you begin an exciting and rewarding career as a commercial airplane or helicopter pilot. The Aviation/Flight Technology program provides training for professional or recreational pilots. Additional certificates and add-on ratings may also be obtained through the program. Pilots are highly trained professionals who either fly airplanes or helicopters to carry out a wide variety of tasks... [+]

Wallace State can help you begin an exciting and rewarding career as a commercial airplane or helicopter pilot. The Aviation/Flight Technology program provides training for professional or recreational pilots. Additional certificates and add-on ratings may also be obtained through the program. Pilots are highly trained professionals who either fly airplanes or helicopters to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Most are airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers who transport passengers and cargo, but one out of five pilots is a commercial pilot involved in tasks such as dusting crops, spreading seed for reforestation, testing aircraft, flying passengers and cargo to areas not served by regular airlines, directing firefighting efforts, tracking criminals, monitoring traffic, and rescuing and evacuating injured persons. Initial training for airline pilots includes ground school and simulator training, a certain number of flight hours and a FAA Aviation check-ride. Once trained, pilots are required to attend recurrent training and simulator checks once or twice a year throughout their career. The Aviation Flight Technology program at Wallace State consists of flight and ground instruction, which will qualify students for various careers in the aviation industry. Students will have the opportunity to acquire FAA certification for the Private Pilot, Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot certificates. All types of advanced certificates and ratings may also be acquired, even instructor training. An articulation agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeuronautical University allows WSCC aviation students to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics upon completion of their Wallace State course work. We... [-]

Associate of Applied Science in Business Management

Campus Full time 5 semesters September 2017 USA Hanceville

The management curriculum is designed to provide a sound familiarity with many intricate but practical business concepts. It exposes students to the challenges facing today’s managers in both business and industry. The process of management is the pursuit of goals. Management consistently involves four basic functions—planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Each addresses a particular set of problems... [+]

The management curriculum is designed to provide a sound familiarity with many intricate but practical business concepts. It exposes students to the challenges facing today’s managers in both business and industry. The process of management is the pursuit of goals. Management consistently involves four basic functions—planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Each addresses a particular set of problems and requires a particular set of skills. The importance of leadership, closeness with customers and employees, motivation, and communication are lessons that business persons must know well. Managers can be found in a variety of fields, including sales, construction, food service, human resources and health services. Career Outlook For sales positions, some employers prefer a degree in business administration with an emphasis on marketing. Courses in business law, economics, accounting, finance, mathematics, and statistics are advantageous. Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales manager jobs are highly coveted. Median annual earnings in May 2011 were $103,610 sales managers. Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate a wide variety of construction projects, including the building of all types of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, roads, bridges, wastewater treatment plants, and schools and hospitals. Excellent employment opportunities for construction managers are expected through 2014 because the number of job openings will exceed the number of qualified individuals seeking to enter the occupation. Median annual earnings of construction managers in May 2011 were $85,980. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014, as the health care... [-]

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time 5 semesters September 2017 USA Hanceville

The Computer Science Program is designed to prepare students for employment in industry or business, with emphasis on the small business computer environment. The program offers four options: Cyber Security/Computer Forensic Technology, Programming, Software Support (Help Desk), and Internet/Networking Technology... [+]

The Computer Science Program is designed to prepare students for employment in industry or business, with emphasis on the small business computer environment. The program offers four options: Cyber Security/Computer Forensic Technology, Programming, Software Support (Help Desk), and Internet/Networking Technology. Computer security specialists may plan, coordinate, and implement and organization’s information security. These workers may be called upon to educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor the network for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists has increased in recent years as there has been a large increase in the number of cyber attacks on data and networks. Computer programmers write, test, and maintain detailed programs that computers must follow to perform their functions, as well as conceive, design, and test logical structures for solving problems by computers. Computer programs tell the computer what to do – which information to identify and access, how to process it, and what equipment to use. Many programmers update, repair, modify, and expand existing programs. Computer support specialists and help-desk technicians provide technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and other users. These troubleshooters interpret problems and provide technical support for hardware, software, and systems. Network administrators design, install, and support an organization’s local-area network (LAN), wide-area network (WAN), network segment, Internet, or intranet system. They provide day-to-day onsite administration support for software users in a variety of work environments. They maintain... [-]

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time 5 semesters September 2017 USA Hanceville

Police officers and detectives maintain law and order, collect evidence and information, and conduct investigations and surveillance. Wallace State provides law enforcement officers the necessary skills to conduct routine investigations. There is emphasis in forensic science and criminalistics, with special emphasis placed upon laboratory practices used to develop investigative evidence. Graduates go on to... [+]

Police officers and detectives maintain law and order, collect evidence and information, and conduct investigations and surveillance. Wallace State provides law enforcement officers the necessary skills to conduct routine investigations. There is emphasis in forensic science and criminalistics, with special emphasis placed upon laboratory practices used to develop investigative evidence. Graduates go on to careers in such jobs as police officer, game warden, corrections officer or probation officer. Some jobs require a four-year degree, but a two-year associate’s degree is all that is required at many police departments. Forensic science technicians investigate crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. Often, they specialize in areas such as DNA analysis or firearm examination. When criminal cases come to trial, forensic science technicians may give testimony on specific laboratory findings by identifying and classifying substances, materials, and other evidence collected at the scene of a crime. Law enforcement agencies are encouraging applicants to take postsecondary school training in law enforcement-related subjects. Many junior colleges, colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement or administration of justice. Other courses helpful in preparing for a career in law enforcement include accounting, finance, electrical engineering, computer science, and foreign languages. Career Outlook Prospective forensic science technicians can acquire good career preparation through two-year formal training. Many employers prefer applicants who have at least two years of specialized training or an associate’s degree. A number of two-year associate’s degree programs are designed to provide easy transfer to a four-year college or university. The opportunity for public service... [-]

Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology

Campus Full time 5 semesters September 2017 USA Hanceville

The Electronics Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in diverse areas in the field of electronics with a solid foundation for early advancement and promotion. Teaching is accomplished by traditional lecture and demonstration in the classroom as well as using a hybrid format of computer based and web based instruction. Hands on laboratory exercises reinforce concepts... [+]

The Electronics Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in diverse areas in the field of electronics with a solid foundation for early advancement and promotion. Teaching is accomplished by traditional lecture and demonstration in the classroom as well as using a hybrid format of computer based and web based instruction. Hands on laboratory exercises reinforce concepts covered in the courses and strengthen the concepts by adding real world troubleshooting, maintenance and repair experiences. Career Outlook Graduates from the Electronics Technology program are electronic technicians and are qualified (depending on the option completed) to enter any area of the workforce that requires knowledge and understanding of basic electronics principles, such as: biomedical technician, industrial electronic technician, communications technician, power generation and maintenance or repair technician. From robotics and industrial maintenance technicians to biomedical equipment technicians to communications and repair technicians, the basic concepts of electricity and electronics, as well as the more advanced classes within the program, will ensure a promising future for graduates in almost any advanced technical field. Examples of jobs that require this degree are: Nuclear Power plant operators and maintenance, Electronics Technician, Engineering Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician and Communications Technician. The diversity of the jobs available to graduates is extremely diverse. Opportunities are best for students that complete an associates in applied science degree, but a certificate is offered. As technology becomes more and more sophisticated, employers will continue to seek those who are skilled in the latest technologies and are prepared to... [-]

Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology

Campus Full time 5 semesters September 2017 USA Hanceville

Wallace State Community College’s Engineering Technology program provides a pathway to give you opportunities to see exactly where you fit in the engineering world. There are many career options for those interested in a degree in engineering technology. There are careers where your office is the site of a new road, bridge, building, utility installation, or other major infrastructure projects... [+]

Wallace State Community College’s Engineering Technology program provides a pathway to give you opportunities to see exactly where you fit in the engineering world. There are many career options for those interested in a degree in engineering technology. There are careers where your office is the site of a new road, bridge, building, utility installation, or other major infrastructure projects. There are careers where you work in the comfort of an air-conditioned office. Engineering technicians prepare technical drawings and plans used by production and construction workers to build everything from manufactured products such as toys, toasters, industrial machinery, and spacecraft to structures such as houses, office buildings, and oil and gas pipelines. Engineering technicians’ drawings provide visual guidelines, show the technical details of the products and structures, and specify dimensions, materials, and procedures. Most engineering technicians use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to prepare drawings. Many engineering technicians work for architectural, engineering, and related services firms that design construction projects or do other engineering work on a contract basis for other industries. Jobs are also found in manufacturing industries such as machinery, fabricated metal, computer and electronics, and transportation equipment, including aerospace products and parts manufacturing, ship and boat building. Others are employed in construction, government, wholesale trade, and utilities, or are self-employed. Opportunities are best for individuals with at least two years of postsecondary training in engineering technology and considerable skill and experience using CAD systems, along with well-developed drafting and mechanical drawing skills, knowledge of drafting standards, mathematics, science,... [-]